GOP’s Haley And DeSantis Pledge To Vote For Trump If Nominated!

By Donald A. Collins | 4 January 2024
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As the current tenure of their US House majority has proved again, it can’t govern or get key legislation enacted! The House turmoil has elected and left a rookie Speaker to salvage the deadly delay in Ukrainian and immigration aid while possibly failing to get his right wing cabal to pass our nation’s annual budget and let our national credit go into default.

As Speaker Johnson attacked Biden for the border crisis on his trip there on Wednesday January 3rd, the GOP refused to pass Biden’s bills which would provide funds for the border and Ukraine, the latter essential for stability in world order.

Johnson’s Mexican diatribe against Biden sounds so plausible if one doesn’t explain the full context to voters of the years of delay on reform by both parties and now a steadfast refusal by the GOP to help legislate new rules and the fact the immigration crisis is a worldwide problem caused by too many people!

Ouch!

Why is the erroneous perception that immigration is unfixable except by harsh inhuman policies?

Because of the MAGA GOP’s desire to have illegal immigration ISSUE to run on after their pitiful inability to govern.

Despite its failures and the prospect of the felonious Trump’s nomination, the two closest GOP challengers to Trump’s nomination say they will vote for him in November.

Wonder if their willingness to vote for a felon who has pledged to be an authoritarian or worse will finally awaken enough of our citizens to vote for Biden despite his age, 4 years older than Trump. I frankly am very doubtful unless Biden revs up his campaigning.

I am personally outraged at what Trump has managed to bring out the fascist kind of thinking which MAGA voters represent with the support of his traitorous elected representatives in Congress. Attacking the concept of bipartisan democratic governance as flawed has devolved into getting support from a frightening number of unwary people and the kind of and replace it with Charlottesville’s fascist types who now regard Trump’s looming dictatorship as a feasible solution.

My wife and I at 98 and 93 require full time nursing help which has been provided by over 25 African American women immigrants mostly from Southern African countries. Many of their native countries have been or are currently ruled by corrupt politicians who assume dictatorial power. In talking with many of them I find their comprehension of what Trump’s election will bring far exceeds the brain-dead views of his GOP supporters. All our nursing helpers are very pleased to be here, and all are working on improving their skills. These women exemplify our existing labor shortage of workers in many fields. Most of these women want to help the elderly which gives them excellent motivation to become registered nurses, but in several cases, they aspire to become MDs or find many other higher paying jobs in all fields of interest.

As I discuss American history with these bright motivated new citizens, I often hand them a copy of Howard Zinn’s Young Peoples’ History of the United States which confesses that the previously taught in our college and universities the historical doctrine of Manifest Destiny failed to acknowledge the ill treatment and racism by the white majority of many minority immigrants from Chinese, to Jews, to African Americans. The fear of replacement by that shrinking white majority dominates Trump’s MAGA GOP.

With the Electoral College margins in 6 so called swing states, the 2020 election only 44,000 votes in 3 of those states if they had gone for Trump, it would have tied his Electoral votes with Biden, who got 7 million more votes nationally.

An Electoral College tie vote means theoretically that the House of Representatives decides, but it can get very complicated as you can read here.

Democrats have won the populator votes most often in recent years, and Trump was elected in 2016 even though Hillary Clinton got 3 million more votes.

Trump’s stranglehold on the GOP is perfectly described in this January 2nd reporting masterpiece in the Washington Post piece entitled “How Trump reignited his base and took control the Republican primary”. “From a moment of vulnerability after the midterms, the former president turned his criminal indictments into a rallying cry and benefited from a disciplined campaign, stalled opposition and Biden’s weakness.”

This is a must read to understand the detailed extent of Trump’s effective strategizing in full here.

As many veteran political observers have noted, our democracy is in its most vulnerable state since the Confederacy left the Union and the Civil War commenced!

Long time New York Times opinion writer Frank Bruni in his 1/2/24 piece entitled “Trump’s Final Battle” lays out the complexity of making a prediction about who will win in November but leaves little doubt about how consequential a loss to Trump would be!

Bruni says,

With the Iowa caucuses less than two weeks away, a rematch of Trump and Joe Biden is highly likely — and wouldn’t be anything close to the usual competition between “four more years” and a reasonably sane, relatively coherent change of direction and pace. We’re on the cusp of something much scarier. Trump’s fury, vengefulness and ambitions have metastasized since 2020. The ideologues aligned with him have worked out plans for a second Trump administration that are darker and more detailed than anything in the first. He seems better positioned, if elected, to slip free of the restraints and junk the norms that he didn’t manage to do away with before. Yesterday’s Trump was a Komodo dragon next to today’s Godzilla.

And Joe Biden, who campaigned in 2020 on a promise to unify the country and prides himself on bipartisanship, has recognized in his own way that “final battle” is apt. He has suggested that he is running again, at the age of 81, because the unendurable specter of Trump back in the White House leaves him no other choice. Trump and Biden don’t depict each other simply as bad alternatives for America. They describe each other as cataclysmic ones. This isn’t your usual negative partisanship, in which you try to win by stoking hatred of your opponent. It’s apocalyptic partisanship, in which your opponent is the agent of something like the End of Days.

Read Bruni’s full insightful analysis here.

In my nearly 93 years of life, numbers of humans on Earth have increased from 2 billion to 8 billion with another billion which could be added by 2100 except for dire environmental impacts as a 6th Extinction looms.

As humans continue to make inadequate progress in reducing our fossil fuel emissions, the outcome of the next Presidential election may be increasingly less relevant, but then read here about Trump’s view of climate change.

In a December 5, 2023 it was again reported about Trump’s dismissal of climate change:

Donald Trump once again denied climate science and reiterated that the world shouldn’t be worried about global warming. The former president said at a Fox News town hall: “The only global warming we should be thinking about and worrying about because it is gonna happen tomorrow, is nuclear global warming not global warming.” He had previously said that scientists rebranded global warming as climate change. “You know they don’t call it global warming so much now, they call it climate change because it wasn’t working… Global warming wasn’t working when it was cooling. So now they call it climate change, that takes care of everything,” he said.

Earlier in a 11/9/20 NY Times report by Coral Davenport, she began with “President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will use the next four years to try to restore the environmental policies that his predecessor has methodically blown up, but the damage done by the greenhouse gas pollution unleashed by President Trump’s rollbacks may prove to be one of the most profound legacies of his single term.” Constant UN and other reports remind us that climate crises are accelerating without adequate steps being taken.

You can read the full details here.

Many cataclysmic events have occurred in recent decades and only with enlightened leadership can we survive present challenges.

Read here about 10 such events.

Any questions about who to vote for in November? Have Haley or DeSantis been mealy mouthed or uncritical enough of Trump to get offered a VP spot?

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life” and “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024”.

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